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Registered Electrical Contractor Responsibilities

As a Registered Electrical Contractor (REC), you have regulatory responsibilities

This guideline is aimed at providing an overview of responsibilities that are incumbent upon you under the Electricity Safety Act 1998 and pursuant regulations.


As an REC, you must:

  • upon receipt, sign your REC card
  • notify ESV within 10 days of any change of name, contact and/or address details
  • hold public liability insurance with a minimum cover of $5 million for while carrying out or offering to carry out electrical contracting work
  • ensure all advertisements, notices and statements promoting your registered electrical contracting business include your REC number
  • only employ licensed electrical workers to carry out electrical installation work

NOTE: Inclusive of any electrical apprentice who is deemed to be licensed when under effective supervision during a contract of training (four year electrical apprenticeship) or within three months of completing their training contract.

  • keep a register of all licensed electrical workers who you have employed, including apprentices, which must be available for inspection at all reasonable times by ESV
  • ensure the effective supervision of the electrical installation work carried out by the business
  • not direct or permit a person to carry out any electrical installation work that does not comply with the ESA and pursuant regulations

NOTE: This can be done by an REC that holds an A class electrician’s licence or a nominated technical supervisor that holds an A class electrician’s licence.

  • ensure all electrical circuits are correctly isolated from supply or adequate precautions are taken to prevent shock or injury (guidance on safe work on low voltage is detailed in AS/NZS 4836)
  • ensure the quality of the materials, fittings and apparatus used in connection with the electrical installation work including the methods followed are in accordance with all regulations and standards
  • ensure the appropriate Certificate of Electrical Safety (COES) is completed within the required times for the work undertaken and:
    • ensure prescribed electrical installation work is inspected by a licensed electrical inspector prior to energisation of that work; and
    • all copies of the COES are distributed as required.

See the COES system explained for further details.

  • ensure you maintain a nominated person with the appropriate qualifications as:
    • a business supervisor who is responsible for the management and administration of the business; and
    • a technical supervisor to effectively supervise the electrical installation work carried out by the electrical contractor; and
    • notify ESV within 10 business days to any change to the business or technical supervisor and/or their details.
  • notify ESV on 1800 000 922 as soon as reasonably practicable of any serious electrical incidents relating to your work which causes, or has the potential to cause:
    • the death of or injury to a person,
    • significant damage to property, or
    • a serious risk to public safety.

Additionally, within 20 business days after the incident, a written report of the incident must be sent to:


    • Attn: Electrical Incidents
    • PO Box 262
      Energy Safe Victoria


As an REC, you should:


As an REC, you should not:

  • Carry out electrical contracting work unless your registration and insurance are current – it is your responsibility to know your registration expiry date.


As an REC, you should understand:

  • ESV may direct a person responsible for non-compliant electrical work to rectify that work at no additional cost to the customer.
  • ESV may take disciplinary action if you fail to comply with the Electricity Safety Act 1998 or pursuant regulations including suspension and/or cancellation of your registration, infringement notices and prosecution.


The information presented in this guideline is intended for general use only. It should not be viewed as a definitive guide to the law, and should be read in conjunction with the Electricity Safety Act 1998 and pursuant regulations.

The word ‘must’ indicates that legal requirements exist, which must be complied with.
The word ‘should’ indicates a recommended course of action, while ‘may’ indicates an optional course of action.

Contact our Licensing team

If you need assistance with ESV’s online forms or have a query about licensing and registration, contact our Licensing and Registration team directly on 1800 815 721 or send an email to and we will attend to your query as soon as possible.

If you call the Licensing team after 4pm, leave a message and one of our team members will return your call the following business day.